Current Visitor

How Economics Fails Health Law and Policy — Allison K. Hoffman
Stretansky Concert Hall
Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Hoffman, a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, will discuss how the influence of economics and market-based approaches in national health policy have affected access to care, and what industry and government can do to address inequality and broaden access to quality health care. Hoffman’s work focuses on health insurance regulation, the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and retiree health care expenses, and Medicaid and long-term care. Her research aims to bring greater descriptive and analytical clarity to the purposes of health regulation and how it both reflects and shapes our views on distributing risk. She is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of U.S. Health Law (2017), the most comprehensive review of U.S. health law in the post-ACA era.

About the Program

The Edward S. and A. Rita Schmidt Lectureship in Ethics seeks to bring to the university a distinguished scholar and/or leader to address a topic of current, vital interest and importance in the field of ethics.

The goal of the program is to highlight ethical issues, across disciplines, and encourage thought and exploration of these issues amongst students, faculty and the community.

This lectureship has been made possible through the generous gifts of Edward R. Schmidt ’69, who has emphasized his desire to impart to students an understanding and appreciation for the value and role of ethics in professional and personal endeavors. It is his vision that this lectureship will encourage and promote dialogue on ethical thinking in all areas of academic preparation and contribute to successful personal lives and professional careers upon graduation.

Schmidt has named the lectureship in honor of his parents, Edward S. and A. Rita Schmidt, of Hatboro, Pennsylvania, recognizing that the first teachers of ethics and moral behavior are parents. Schmidt’s father, Edward S. Schmidt, is the retired Vice President & Corporate Secretary of Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company. Following his retirement Edward S. Schmidt served as the first Administrator of the Pennsylvania Land Title Institute, a non-profit educational entity providing continuing education to the land title industry throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Edward R. Schmidt received his B.S. in Economics from Susquehanna University and graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1972. Schmidt is a corporate and real estate attorney with the Indianapolis, Indiana law firm of Krieg DeVault, LLP. He chairs the Tax-Exempt and Nonprofit Organizations practice group and is a former member of the executive committee of the firm. Previously he served as an Executive Vice President of Sallie Mae Inc. Prior to his association with Sallie Mae, Schmidt served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel-Secretary and was a member of the Board of Directors of USA Group Inc., the largest guarantor of student loans in the United States. He is admitted to practice law in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Michigan, in addition to the United States Supreme Court and several federal district and circuit courts. Schmidt remains active and interested in Susquehanna University where he serves the alumni corporation of Theta Chi Fraternity. He and his wife, Donna, are the parents of three adult sons, Jeffrey D. Schmidt, Esq., Todd E. Schmidt, M.D. and Michael J. Schmidt.

Schmidt currently serves on the Board of Directors of United Student Aid Funds, Inc. and Lumina Foundation for Education, Inc. He was a founder and Director of MetroBank, of Indianapolis, and a past Director of Crossroads Rehabilitations Centers of Indianapolis, Fairbanks Hospital and Title Industry Assurance Company. He has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Land Title Association. He is a member of several bar associations, including the Indianapolis Bar Association where he has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow.

By funding this lectureship, Schmidt recognizes and salutes Susquehanna University and its faculty and staff for the profound and formative experience he received while attaining his degree.

For further information, please contact:

Edward S. and A. Rita Schmidt Lectureship in Ethics at Susquehanna University
Telephone: 570-372-4171
Fax: 570-372-2870

Past Visitors

  • 2018-19: John M. Baer, “Ethical Challenges to the Fourth Estate”
  • 2017-18: Donald M. Remy, “Sports Ethics: The Risk of Getting It Wrong”
  • 2016-17: Walt Pavlo Jr., “Stolen Without a Gun: Insights Into White-Collar Crime”
  • 2015-16: David Casarett, MD MA, “The Ethics of Medical Marijuana Use”
  • 2013-14 Lecture: Signe S. Gates & Matthew A. Phillips, CPA
  • 2011-12: Kenman Wong, Ph.D.-“Bottom Lines for the Bottom Billions: The Role(s) of Business in Ending Poverty”
  • 2010-11: John Strangfeld-“You’ve Got Choices”
  • 2009-10: Karen E. Bohlin, Ed.D.-“Education’s Role in Building Character”
  • 2008-09: Michele Goodwin-“Organ Trafficking”
  • 2007-08: Deborah Johnson-“Ethics.com: Watching and Being Watched in Cyberspace”
  • 2006-07: Judith Daar-“Controversies in Reproductive Medicine: Selecting and Protecting our Children’s Future”
  • 2005-06: Murray Sperber-“The Dark Side of College Sports and College Life: A Look at the Ethical Concerns That Undermine and Challenge Undergraduate Education”